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For many travelers, the highlight of a trip to historic Williamsburg is a tour of the ornate Governor’s Palace, which served as the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia. Construction on the Governor’s Palace began in 1706, and although updates and remodeling continued for decades, official construction concluded in 1722. Thomas Jefferson was the last governor to live in the palace.

The 30-minute guided tour of the site takes visitors back to the early 18th century. Docents lead the tour dressed in period-era clothing through the palace's three floors, each spanning over 3,300 square feet, an extensive cellar and numerous outbuildings. The main house burned down in 1781 but has since been restored to much of its former grandeur.

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9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Palace Green St, Williamsburg, VA, 23185
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Colonial Williamsburg Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Colonial Williamsburg Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

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Don’t just learn about American history… live it! At Colonial Williamsburg, America’s Colonial past comes to life through beautifully restored architecture and authentic reenactors. Stroll down these historic streets while this tour tells you everything you need to know about Williamsburg, early America, colonial life, and more. Williamsburg has a long and complex history that predates the creation of the United States by almost 150 years! Dig into the town’s origins, the dramatic struggles which unfolded here during the revolution, and the people who put Williamsburg on the map. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter the password & download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to start the tour. Stick to the tour route for the best experience. No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity! This isn't an entrance ticket.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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PRIVATE Walking Tour through Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary College
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PRIVATE Walking Tour through Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary College

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Private tour (only your group) with a carefully planned out trail that includes the Williamsburg Inn, the Duke of Gloucester Street, the Capitol Building, the Governor's Palace, Palace Green, Merchant's Square, around William and Mary's Sir Christopher Wren building (the "College"), the Sunken Gardens and the Tyler Family Garden (aka "echo wall"). Points of interest include: (1) The Williamsburg Inn. (3) Take in the entirety of the Duke of Gloucester Street and some of the historic businesses. (4) Walk around the Capitol Building. (5) Enjoy the Palace Green and the Governor's Palace. (6) Learn about Bruton Parish Church and Rev. Dr. D.A.R. Goodwin who began the preservation of Colonial Williamsburg. (7) Take in Merchant's Square. (8) Visit WM's Sir Christopher Wren building (the "College") and learn about the oldest university building in the United States and it's significant role throughout history. (9) Enjoy a walk around WM's Sunken Gardens and the Tyler Family Garden.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Untold Secrets of Williamsburg History Experience

Untold Secrets of Williamsburg History Experience

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Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum. We'll examine Williamsburg in its early colonial guise. You'll experience what it was like to reside in the colonial capital during a time when ruthless businesspeople, ruthless politicians, enslaved Africans, and possibly a few pirates walked these streets. Investigate the homes, business, places of government, and houses of worship that were integral to society in Colonial Williamsburg. Rewind to a period when the cries of emancipation reverberated through the halls of power and the murmurs of American independence hung thick in the air.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The best of Williamsburg walking tour

The best of Williamsburg walking tour

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Colonial Williamsburg offers the chance to step back in time to the 18th century—and this private walking tour will give you an even richer understanding of this early American destination. Pick from multiple tour times, meet your guide outside the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, and set off. Explore the city’s key historical landmarks, learn about what colonial–era life was like, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about Williamsburg’s history.
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  • 2 hours
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Colonial Williamsburg Self Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Colonial Williamsburg Self Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Turn back the clock at Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the country! Here, you’ll explore a beautifully restored 18th-century town complete with reenactors who bring the experience to life. This tour dives into Williamsburg’s rich history, from its founding to the revolutionary war and the ambitious restoration efforts of the 1900s. As you explore, you’ll also be prompted with trivia questions to test your knowledge of colonial history! Explore, experience, and learn all at once! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Visitor Center, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever! This is not a ticket to attractions along the route. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wacky Williamsburg Scavenger Hunt

Wacky Williamsburg Scavenger Hunt

Our very unique, immersive adventures are the only ones of their kind. We, unlike other companies, provide your very own remote, interactive, live host to assist and encourage you along. We are an Austin, TX-based global custom event design company offering scavenger hunts and other events in 150 cities in North America and beyond! Our specially hand-crafted adventures are equal parts tour, creative challenge, detective hunt, and social experiment! Guests get to discover in an alternate reality our favorite hidden gems off the beaten trail and creatively interpret fun art, history, and culture clues - for points! They get to enjoy fame and glory while appearing on our website’s international leaderboard, no matter what their score. They get to essentially race other teams in other cities, even if they don’t have competitors who have signed up in their city! Get ready to local authors, experience the favorite hangouts only known by locals, discover unusual oddities, and so much more!
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  • 2 hours
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Untold Secrets of Williamsburg History Experience

Untold Secrets of Williamsburg History Experience

A living history museum is Colonial Williamsburg. We're going to look at Williamsburg today as it was in colonial America in the 18th century. We'll get a taste of what it was like to live in the colonial capital during a period when powerful politicians, hardworking businessmen, enslaved Africans, and perhaps even a few pirates trod these streets. We'll examine the residences and structures used by the colonists for housing, socializing, working, worshiping, and governing. We'll go back to a time when cries for emancipation reverberated loudly through the corridors of power and murmurs of American independence hung thick in the air.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Governor's Palace hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.